Conza Della Campania – An Italian Ghost Town

Conza Della Campania, formerly Compsa, was a town in the province of Avellino in the Campania region of Italy. It was originally occupied in 216 BC by Hannibal before coming under Roman rule. It passed through a number of different owners and leaderships from that time, through the medieval period and into the modern unified Italy.

The town was completely destroyed in the 1980 Irpinian earthquake which struck the region on November 23rd of that year. The quake measured 6.89 on the Richter Scale and centred on the village of Conza. It killed 2,914 people and injured over 10,000. 300,000 people were left homeless as a result of the disaster. Other towns in the region were destroyed including Lioni and Teora and the city of Naples was also the scene of major damage. The funds used for the reconstruction of the region were at the centre of a major scandal and it emerged that only a quarter of the total amount actually went into helping the victims.

The town of Conza Della Campania has been rebuilt in an area called Piano delle Briglie five miles away although the original settlement is now a ghost town. Some of the buildings remain although most have been destroyed. Visits are possible and as such, the site is popular with European urban explorers.

The below videos all have fascinating images of the destroyed town.

Location: Conza Della Campania, Italy

Category: Ghost Town

Abandoned: 1980

Conza Della Campania after the earthquake

The ruins of a building in Conza Della Campania

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